Monday, November 12, 2018

How to enjoy the holidays

How can I enjoy the holidays?

There are so many things that I love about Christmas. The lights and decorations we had for years some since my mom was a young child. But with the Holidays also comes endless lines and too many gatherings. 

Not only that but most people work during the holidays.  This makes the moths holidays stressful, but it doesn't have to be overwhelming. 

I think the problem is that we do too much! We go out too many times or we do too much all at once. 

If you're are in the similar mind and what to slow down and enjoy the season there are a few things you can do to make your holidays a relaxing one! 

Have a small gathering

If you are tired of feeling tired after having holiday get to together, try having a small intimate affair. This will allow you not to have to deal with all the cleanup and mess. It also allows you to spend time with your guest instead of being in the kitchen all day. 

Don't shop until you drop

I used to try to do all my shopping in one day. It was a family affair event where we will all try to get are secret gifts and every other gift all in one day. That left all of us tired, frustrated, and sometimes we still did not complete our shopping.

 As we got older, we learned to get things months in advance to avoid the long lines or feeling overwhelmed. Now the closer it gets to the holidays we have all our shopping done and are able to enjoy our time off. 

Have a movie marathon 

Find some of your favorite Christmas or Holiday movies and watch them. You will don't have to go all out for this event. 

Just pop some popcorn and have your favorite fall beverage with you. Then just sit back and enjoy the movies with your friends, family, or even by yourself. 

Here are a few family friendly movies you can watch:

Have small mini events 

If you don’t want to do one big party, you do a lot of smaller events. You have a tree trimming party one day and then a gift wrapping another day. This allows you to get together with your family and friends. It also makes these events seem less like a chore!

Go Local

For those who are doing a stay action there are things you can do in or near your home town that is fun. You can go to your local museum or historic sites. Some places are offering free or holiday discount tours because of the holidays.

 Check out your local newspaper or watch your local news to see what events you can go to. Also, do not forget about your local stores, festivals, or libraries for events.

Curl up and Read a book

If the weather is too cold or wet for you to venture out, you can stay in and read a good book. I love to read holiday themed books around this time of the year.    

Game Night

Family game night is one of the many traditions I am glad we still do. Scrabble and Clue are just two of the games we love to play each year. We also like playing Ridley Games Room - Who am I ? Nothing bring a family together than a little competition and of course it does not hurt to have snacks either! Lol

Let’s go to the movies

One of the favorite things me and family like to do is go to movies. We love doing it because the lines are not as long and because it gets cram sometimes being indoors. There are a lot of family movies that you can see this time of year. Just don’t forget to get some popcorn or candy at the concession stand.

Bake Something 

Good House Keepings Walnut Crescents

You can bake some of your favorite treats for your family or even give them away for gifts. If you don't want to spend hours in the kitchen there are easy recipes you can try. What really matters is that you are spending time with your family in the kitchen. 

How do you spend your holidays

Friday, November 9, 2018

How to Save Money Shopping This Holiday Season

There are a lot of sales going on this weekend! A lot of stores may be having sales but you want to make sure you get the best deal possible. Here are some tips to help you find the best deals.

Contains some affiliate links


1. Budget 

Set a spending cap on how much you want to spend. Think about all of the necessary items you have to pay before setting an amount on how much you want to spend on shopping for others. These means making sure you pay your bills and utilities first and foremost. Also don't forget the extra items such as having gas for all of those shopping and holiday trips. 

2.Shop right after a holiday 

 Right after a holiday or when a season ends! You are more likely to get a better deal because the retailer iss wanting to get rid of the merchandiser to make room for another season or holiday! Mid season sales also have good deals. But make sure to check and see the return policy on those items and make sure you buy what you love. Buy classic pieces that would look good for every season.

3. Use coupons  or codes on deals

Sometimes stores let you use coupons or coupon codes are items that is already marked down. Just ask the store manager or store clerk if use can use the coupon on something that is already marked down. (make sure you sign up to get coupons mailed to you by the store)

4. Have low exceptions 

Even though you may have list, to not go in expected to get everything on that list. 
It takes time to get a good wardrobe, so do not expect to buy everything you need in one trip

5. Save on Designer Brands

Who does not love designer items but not many can afford to buy them! Wait for sales, try flash sale sites like Gilt. 
Even try lower cost brands like Nordstrom Rack!

6. Track how much you spend 

Eat time you buy something write down how much you spent. That way you can keep track of how much you spent so far. A spreadsheet can really help you do this. 

If need be create a separate account just for holiday spending. 

7. Do Secret Santa Gifts 

Since I come a very big family sometimes it gets very draining financially. That is why we sometimes do secret santa. That way we only have to buy one gift! 

Now I am going to show you my favorite picks that are on sale. Starting with some favorite gifts I have found. 


1. Leith Waffle Grid Oblong Scarf • Leith • $14.90

2. LORAC Beauty and the Beast Eyeshadow palette
Perfect for those who love beauty products. 

3.ST. JOHN'S BAY St. John's Bay V Neck Long Sleeve Pullover Sweater • ST. JOHN'S BAY • $15.99

4. Urban Outfitters High Crown Felt Fedora • Urban Outfitters • $19.99

5. Gail CC Ceramics Fauna Fete Mug • $16

6. Sejour Shawl Collar Cardigan • Sejour • $53.40

Your mom would love this stylish cardigan. 

7. Eos eos 3-Pack Hand Lotion • EOS • $10

Perfect for any one on your holiday shopping list. 

8. Dr. Scholl's Sunday Scuff Slippers (20% off with Extra 20% off code: VETS )

Comfortable slippers that any women would love to have this winter. 

9. Leith Mini Slouch Drawstring Bag • Leith • $19.98

Great gift to your favorite fashionista. 

10. Sam Edelman Lior Loafer • Sam Edelman • $83.96

These loafers are perfect for all those holiday events and parties that you will be going to this year. 

11. Guess Kamryn Tote • GUESS • $58.80–98
A excellent gift to give to yourself or your bff. 

12. ANTHROPOLOGIE Dream & Scheme Journal • Anthropologie • $9.98 

Perfect for gift who love to write or do bullet journaling.

13. J.Crew Factory Ruffle-sleeve pullover sweater • J.Crew Factory • $29.50

Perfect pullover for the man in your life. 

Perfect holiday style 

1. LIZ CLAIBORNE Liz Claiborne Womens Cornelia Block Heel Zip Bootie • Liz Claiborne • $39.99

2. Kendra Scott Lady Stud Earrings • Kendra Scott • $35.98–44.98

3. Vince Camuto Plaid Jacquard Top • Vince Camuto • $59.40

4. GUNNE SAX BY JESSICA MCCLINTOCK Gunne Sax by Jessica McClintock Alaina Clutch •Jessica McClintock • $14

5.1901 Barrett Bow Pump • 1901 • $59.96

6.Blush Fireball and Pearl Stacking Ring • Banana Republic • $42.99

7.Topshop Chuck On Blazer • Topshop • $33.98–68

8. Eliza J Off the Shoulder Velvet Sheath Dress • Eliza J • $76.80

9. LIZ CLAIBORNE Liz Claiborne Savannah Womens Pumps • Liz Claiborne • $18

10.MALI AND LILI Mali + Lili Multi Glitter Crossbody Bag • $40.80

11.Halogen halogen(r) Kaylee Loafer $69.90 $109.95

12. Alex and Ani Robin Ruler Wrap Bracelet • Alex and Ani • $18.98

Best Sales 

Here are a few stores having sales this weekend! 

Macy’s — Receive up to 30% off sitewide plus 15% off cosmetics with code FALLBACK. Valid through 11/16.

JCPenney — Receive an extra 25% off when you spend $100 or more or an extra 15% off when you spend under $100. Valid through 11/12.

Nordstrom — Take up to 40% off select fall styles. Valid 11/9-11/18.

Banana Republic — Take 40% off your entire purchase with code STYLE. Valid 11/9-11/12.

Lord & Taylor — Up to 40% off sitewide with code SALUTE. Valid through 11/13.

Urban Outfitters — Take 11% off your entire purchase for Single’s Day. Valid 11/11.

How do you save money shopping during this season? 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

12 gift ideas for your office bff

The things your work bff would love to get! 

The holidays can be an exciting time but at times it is also stressful. Even for those who don't have a ton of parties to go to or make a large spread of food there is always the dilemma of gift giving. One of the most stressful gifts to pick is for your co worker. 

Sometimes it is hard to pick out gifts for those you work with. Some we really may not know that well which makes it harder to buy a gift for them.  

The gift guide and tips I created takes all of the guest work out of the gift giving process. I will help you find the best gift for your co-workers that won't break your bank account!

Tips on Gifting 

For those who have a secret santa gift to give at their office make sure you buy something you would want for yourself. This means not getting anything that is ugly or useless.  If they  have requested a particular item or something you know they will like purchase that item. 

Also try to get to know them if you are already don't because this would make the buying process easier. 

These are great and budget friendly gifts perfect for your female office bff or coworker. Each item is affordable but if you have a certain budget or set amount for the gift make sure you stay within those limits. 

Office BFF Gift Guide 

This posts contains affiliate links and will be if you make a purchase after clicking my links!


Perfect for those how love to travel especially if they are traveling for the holidays

 If you are giving jewelry give something that is motivating. This charm necklace has a inspiring message engraved on it. The brand not only inspires people with their design but they help those who are homeless find employment at their business. This would definitely give your co-worker a smile on their faces when they are facing a hard day.

This gift is for someone you know that loves the Golden Girls tv shows. They will sure get a kick of this game. You might even score a invite to game night with this gift. 

Great for them to use a work or at home. 

Perfect for the coworker who loves music or just wants to shut out the noise when they are working. 

If your bff has a tendency to be cold natured they will love this throw.

For those who love beauty products they would love this gift set. It includes three hand creams. The fragrances are Cherry Blossom, Rose, and Lotus.

8. Ban. Do Magnetic Cord Keepers- Price $20

Any one that owns any electronic device would appreciate these 3 cord Keepers. It includes two small and one large cord keeper. If you turn them inside out you can use them to clean glasses and screens. 

9. Going Places Big Canvas Tote -Price $20

A great tote to include items for work or you can use it for when you travel. 

10.Rose Gold 'Most Productive' Travel Mug -Price $11.99

A beautiful mug that includes a very funny message that you and your bff would get a laugh at.

11. Cat Ring Stand -Price $20

A cute Kate Spade ring stand that holds up your cellphone.

12. Out of Office Travel Kit Price- $24

This travel kit may include eye mask, earplugs, earbuds, tablet stand, pill container, towelette, stain remover, hand lotion, nail clipper, breath freshener, dental floss, lip balm, mini comb, hand cleansing towelette, facial towelette, and wrinkle remover.


This post is not only for your office bff but also for any one that works at home especially if they are a blogger. As a blogger I know there are some things that I would have never thought of wanting for Christmas but now I desire to have them. But know I desire to be surrounded by things that inspire me or help make blogging a lot easier.

This gift guide does is not only for me but for other bloggers out there who love to be organized, have fun, and be stylish. This gifts  will sure help you to keep your mojo following into next year or to give to a blogger buddy!

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What gifts would you buy for your bff and what ones would you keep for yourself?

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